As the London Art Fair begins, we look at the one-off items on offer, which include sculptures, paintings and screen prints.
London is one of the most exciting places in the world for art, and every month there are art fairs across the city. This month, the London Art Fair, which is now in its 27th year, begins. The event has a huge array of artists, from big names to new talent, which makes it the perfect place to visit.
The fair focuses on modern British and contemporary art, which ranges from photos to paintings and sculptures to ceramics. Those with VIP tickets can attend a preview one day before the public, which includes drinks and canapés. During the week, VIP ticket holders can also take part in tours and events at famous galleries, from the Tate Modern to the Royal Academy Of Arts.
While you are at the fair, pick up a unique souvenir from one of the exciting artists. Look out for Angus Fairhurst, a Young British Artist and contemporary of Damien Hirst. He died in 2008, but his legacy lives on: his prints on sale include the bold ProposalForAPublicSpace (pictured).
Animal lovers should check out the work of Nichola Theakston; her sculptures capture the beauty and brutality of animals, from a graceful ape to fighting hares (pictured).
There is also an exhibition that focuses on leading British figurative painters of the 20th century, who include Lucian Freud and David Bomberg. You can even get into the spirit of the Swinging Sixties by looking at the collection of British Pop Art, which includes Richard Hamilton, Eduardo Paolozzi and Peter Blake.
The fair has always been a hit. Last year saw 30,000 visitors from as far afield as Australia, Russia and Asia attend, making it a popular event for locals and visitors. London Art Fair. 21-25 Jan. T: 020-7288 6736. www.londonartfair.co.uk
A sculpture from London Art Fair